Ok. Don’t laugh, but I finally decided to register a domain and host my blog back in December.
My first choice was Dreamhost, what a big mistake. Long story short, their site kept redirecting me to some Dreamhost App panel thing (with a broken URL) because I needed to sign up and consolidate something in order to create an account.
Uhhhh, what? I just wanted to register a domain and sign up for a hosting package…
Since general consensus stated Dreamhost was awesome, my heart was set to sign up with them. It was a bummer no matter how many which ways I tried, Dreamhost kept telling me the app panel thingy with the broken URL was required as the first step. Fine, whatever, so I launched the chat app for live help. After waiting for a live person for what seemed to be an eternity (ok, about 45 minutes – not even exaggerating @Kristy is my witness), this happens:
After waiting and waiting and waiting, the person who was helping me, ended the session. Now I am not sure if there were technical difficulties or connection issues or what but way to reassure new customers, Dreamhost! I don’t care what any of my trusted friends said: I was over trying to sign up with them.
Back to square one.
There was no way I was going to pay for GoDaddy (frankly), so I started looking around again. First looked at Rackspace because of Robert (not gonna lie), but their options are wayyyy out of my league. I just wanted a blog! Then I looked at Network Solutions, mainly because of @Shashib. Now, NetworkSolutions has this WordPress package where for less than five bucks a month, I get a domain registration with, well, whaddya know. A blog! JUST what I was looking for so I signed up, paid, all was well…or so I thought.
NetworkSolution’s WordPress package, starts out with an older version of WordPress. Older, as in, 2.8.0., as in, the version before the security update. Remember what happened to Robert? I kept trying to upgrade, it kept failing, so naturally, I submitted a ticket. Well, four days later, I still had NO response from NetworkSolutions, when on their ticket acknowledgement email, it states:
So I jumped on the phone, was transferred to four different departments, and finally reached someone who was able to answer my question, only to be told: “We cannot start out your WordPress blog with the latest version.” WTF. Super ultra epic FAIL. Anyway, long story short, I canceled my services, got a refund, and in theory, should’ve been able to go along my merry way.
Well. There is some wonky thing goin’ on with NetworkSolutions and WordPress, where I cannot map new and/or existing domains to my new one – most likely because of the WordPress package I signed up with. Bizarre. Three weeks have passed, and my domain still hasn’t been released by NetworkSolutions.
So now, I am entering 2010 with PixelBits that is hosted on WordPress.com. Oh well.